It is now three months to the day since I first wrote to the Secretary of State, Hazel Blears.
Having sent several reminders, and having cajoled Boris Johnson into prodding Ms Blears to answer, I finally have been sent an apology for the delay and a response (not from Ms Blears of course).
Here is the apology:
"Dear Mr Frost,
Please find attached a reply to your letter of 28 February to the Secretary of State. Please accept my apologies for this late acknowledgement. At the time you wrote, this case was being dealt with on behalf of the Secretary of State by the Planning Inspectorate and your letter was accordingly forwarded to them."
However, the astute amongst you will notice that the response (see below) does not answer any of the questions that I raised in my letter of February.
I suppose I should be grateful for at least receiving a response!
"Dear Mr Frost
Town and Country Planning Act 1990 – Section 77
Land adjoining East Croydon Station, George Street, Dingwall Road, Lansdowne Road, Croydon – Application by Arrowcroft Ltd
I am writing to confirm receipt of your letter to the Secretary of State, dated 28 February 2008, about the above planning application.
The Inspector's report and recommendations are currently being considered by the Secretary of State before she proceeds to issue her decision on this case. The contents of your letter have been noted and will be taken into consideration.